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An original empirical approach to deal with nonlinear dynamic thermal effects in electron devices is proposed. The new technology-independent approach is very compact and easy to implement in computer-aided design tools. Therefore, it can be easily coupled with electrical device models in order to obtain accurate electrothermal models that are suitable for nonconstant-envelope RF applications (e.g., pulsed radar). Model equations and identification procedures are derived in this paper. Validation results and comparison with simplified models are also presented both for a simulated field-effect transistor device, as well as for a real hetero- junction bipolar transistor device.
Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:56 , Issue: 9 )
Date of Publication: September 2008